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Dr. Jeffrey Sirzyk files lawsuit against police

03/04/2015 01:20 EST | Updated 05/04/2015 05:59 EDT
A doctor who was arrested in the emergency room of Quebec's Lachute hospital after refusing to hand out information without a warrant has filed a lawsuit against police.

Dr. Jeffrey Sirzyk says he hasn’t been the same since he was handcuffed and put in the back of a police cruiser in March 2012.

According to Sirzyk, Sûreté du Québec Sgt. Michel El-Khoury and his partner Const. Simon Jetté stormed into the hospital demanding information about a child they believe had been abused.

Sirzyk alleges El-Khoury flew out of control when the doctor refused to give them any information without a warrant.

Following the incident, the police ethics committee suspended El-Khoury for five days and Jetté for two days.

The ethics committee found El-Khoury showed an "unacceptable ignorance” of the rules regarding the confidentiality of medical information, demonstrated poor judgment, and acted hastily in arresting the doctor.

For his part, Sirzyk took four months of unpaid leave after the incident and now works in Ontario.

His lawyer filed a lawsuit in Quebec Superior Court seeking $320,000 in damages.

"The goal is simply to keep the pressure on the Sûreté du Québec to make sure that things change," Sirzyk said.

The Sûreté du Québec said it was not available to comment.

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